FARGO — More than 7,200 homes in Fargo-Moorhead were without power the morning after a thunderstorm producing 80 mph winds, significant hail and as much as 5 inches of rain hit the northern Red River Valley on Sunday, June 7.
The storm brought heavy winds and 1 to 1.5 inches of rain to the F-M area, with many trees knocked over. Fargo City Forester Scott Liudahl said he received about two dozen calls about branches blocking sidewalks, mostly concentrated between 32nd Avenue North and 17th Avenue South.
A large tree was knocked over in front of the Clay County Courthouse, and Moorhead City Forester Trent Wise said there were more reports of damaged trees, but none that would need to be cut down.
Both Liuhall and Wise said the first major storm last year did more tree damage than Sunday’s storm.
In Dilworth, the storm snapped a large tree in half. The tree nearly fell on top of two homes along Second Street Northeast.
WDAY Meteorologist John Wheeler said earlier forecasts for another storm on Monday night had fizzled.
"Things have settled down," he said. There were some storms in southern South Dakota moving this way, but he said they had only a slight risk of being severe. More rain was coming, though, on Tuesday and into Wednesday.
1 or 2 inches more of rain was possible, which he noted would be positive for some areas, but not in the northern Valley and northern Minnesota where there were reports of heavy rains Sunday night.
The highest rainfall totals came in Pembina County in North Dakota and Kittson County in Minnesota, which saw nearly 5 inches of rain, with Lancaster, Minn., measuring a high total of 4.7 inches.
There were also damaging winds farther north as Grand Forks and Nelson counties saw the most damage, National Weather Service meteorologist Nick Carletta said.
“We had measured 80 mph gusts at Logan Center and Larimore (in Grand Forks County),” Carletta said, “and numerous reports of wind damage that would be reflective of 80 mph winds.”
Casselton was the hardest hit in Cass County, with wind gusts of up to 80 mph and a county-high rainfall measured at 2.34 inches. Argusville also had wind gusts reach 80 mph.
“Those are the main two areas of rain — that northern area and then the southern area northeast of Fargo,” Carletta said. “The northern area was 3 to 5 inches, and the further south area was closer to 1 to 2.5 inches.”
Forum reporter Barry Amundson contributed to this report